White Sox End the First-Half With a Strong Series Win, Basabe and Cease Shine in Futures Game

The White Sox soundly defeated the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to take the rubber match.  Let’s take a look at some of them.

Lucas Giolito

There were plenty of bright spots for the Southsiders in the final game before the all-star break.  Lucas Giolito pitched a gem, throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings against KC. He was able to control his pitches, giving up three walks, throwing only one after the first inning. Giolito gave up only two hits while striking out six.  Only two Royals got on base over the next 5 1/3 innings.

Sunday was Giolito’s second consecutive quality start.  Exactly one week prior, Giolito pitched another gem against the division-leading and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros, giving up just three hits, three walks, and two runs in 7 1/3 innings.  Unfortunately, the Sox’ offense didn’t have Giolito’s support, as the Sox lost 2-1.

Lucas threw a combined 13 2/3 innings in his last two starts, giving up just two runs, five hits, and six walks in the process.  His WHIP was under one, and he got a win (when in reality, he pitched well enough to deserve two).

The one issue in these games would be the pitch count.  Giolito hasn’t quite been able to put batters away efficiently, throwing 102 pitches in 6 1/3 innings yesterday.  This will need to change if Giolito is to go on and be a dominant pitcher in the American League.

Yoan Moncada

Moncada has had a strong month of July, and yesterday was no exception.  After being taken out on Saturday with a bruised knee, Moncada went 3 for 4 with a homer that sparked a five-run fifth inning.  Yoan finished the day just a triple shy of the cycle while he also drew a walk.

For the month of July, Moncada has hit .327 while having an OBP of .421, both totals being over 100 points better from his totals from June, and still significantly better than his season stats.  Moncada heads into the All-Star Break with a .238 batting average, a .312 on-base percentage, 12 home runs, and 41 RBI.

Five-Run Fifth Gives Sox a Big Lead

Yoan Moncada led-off the home-fifth with a home run to left center field.  After a Sanchez strikeout and an Abreu flyout, the White Sox rattled off five straight hits (something about the number ‘5’ in this inning).  The two-out rally started with a Palka single into left field, followed by a Leury Garcia single that was deflected off of Mike Moustakas, a play that could have ended the inning.  Matt Davidson’s single loaded the bases for Tim Anderson, who then ripped a pitch down the left field line for a two-run double, putting Davidson on third.  Kevan Smith joined the hit parade on the very next pitch, driving in two runs of his own on another double into the left-field corner.

Futures Game Results

Birmingham Baron outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe hit a 102.3 MPH pitch over the tallest wall in the park to give the World a 3-1 advantage.  Basabe was the second-most coveted piece the White Sox got in return for sending Chris Sale to Boston.

Dylan Cease retired both batters he faced in the ninth inning.  Cease was acquired in the Quintana trade last season that sent Q to the Cubs,

Former White Sox prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. had two hits for the World.  Tatis Jr. was sent to the Padres in 2016 for James Shields.  Tatis is currently the 3rd-ranked prospect in the minor leagues.


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